On 26th January 2017, the Your Local RUH Cancer Care Fundraising Group, based across Chippenham, Melksham and Calne, will be holding an information event about how they fundraise for the RUH and how the local community can get involved at Sheldon School Conference Centre. The group has raised a phenomenal £32,000 towards The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign and is now a Community Partner of the Cancer Centre, entitling them to a naming opportunity within the new building. This amazing donation will help fund the build of a pioneering new Cancer Centre at the RUH, and will aid in transforming the cancer care for thousands of local people and their families.
The Your Local Group is the oldest of The Forever Friends Appeal’s committed Community Groups, with their initial launch in November 2012. The members of the group are all volunteers who have been affected by cancer in some way, and want to do something positive to help those around them dealing with a similar situation. As the group continues to raise more and more money, they are in need of further support and fundraising ideas to help them reach their new target of £50,000.
The group raises their money in various ways, from hosting coffee mornings, wine tasting evenings and garden parties to bucket collections, quizzes and craft sales. They also attend lots of local events, including Chippenham Folk Festival, Melksham Food and River Festival and Melksham Town Christmas Lights Switch On.
Chair of the group, Bev Viveash, became involved with the group through her daughter Nic. Whilst Nic was having treatment for cancer at the RUH they both became aware of the campaign to raise money for the new Cancer unit, and planned a coffee morning to help raise funds. During her treatment, Nic began organising and planning what turned into a full day garden party and was thrilled to raise over £1,700! Sadly Nic passed away a few months after this, aged just 28 years old, but always encouraged her mum to continue with the fundraising to enable other patients to have better surroundings during their treatment.
Bev says ‘The team and the care Nic received in the cancer unit were fantastic but the facilities desperately need updating. Space for patients to be told the devastating news they have cancer, space for their family and private areas for when it’s needed’.
If you would be interested in getting involved with this inspiring group, please call Claudia Hickin, Community Fundraiser at The Forever Friends Appeal, on 01225 824013.
Claudia comments, ‘Having just started working with the Your Local Group, they have amazed me with their commitment to raising funds for the new Cancer Centre and the money that they have raised so far is inspiring. The group put the ‘fun’ into fundraising and always do their best to raise as much money as they can for a campaign that is so close to their hearts. I cannot wait to see what they achieve this year, especially with the presence of new members! I encourage anyone who is interested to get in touch or come along to the meeting on the 26th of January. Not only will you be helping a very worthwhile local cause, but you will meet people with similar interests, and have lots of fun along the way’